Celebrating 40 Years of Service
to the Community

The year 2021 marks Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region’s 40th anniversary! EAFWR was founded in 1981 by parents of children with developmental disabilities, as a way to build friendship and nurture community in Waterloo Region. We now serve over 2,000 adults and children with developmental and physical disabilities.

Join us as we look back and celebrate the people and places that helped us become the organization we are today.


Better Together for Books Virtual Auction: November 24 – December 10

Our virtual auction is now live! Visit the Better Together for Books auction

2021 marks Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region’s 40th anniversary and we have lots to celebrate! Join us for our Better Together for Books virtual auction from November 24 to December 10 as we celebrate 40 years of service to our community and raise funds for our 40th Anniversary Fund.

With these funds, we plan to make a special legacy contribution to our community by educating, informing and creating awareness around disability. Our newest initiative, Turning the Page Together, will ensure books about disability and books written by authors with a disability can be found in Little Libraries throughout Waterloo Region.

As we are celebrating 40 years of service in this community, we will have forty signature items up for auction. Stay tuned for more information, a preview of the auction items up for grabs and more! Together, we can champion a community of inclusion and belonging for people with disabilities, their networks and the broader community.

Start bidding on items and support our community

If you would like to sponsor the auction, or donate an item for the auction, please reach out to Kerry at kerry.cressman@eafwr.on.ca

For more information about Turning the Page Together, please contact Becky Klokoff at becky.klokoff@eafwr.on.ca

40th Anniversary Virtual Celebration: December 3, 7pm

Mark your calendars for December 3 at 7pm for our 40th Anniversary Virtual Celebration!

During our interactive virtual celebration, you will view the premiere of our EAFWR film, see messages from staff, and learn about our history, our present and our dreams for the future. You’ll also have a chance to win a gift basket for participating in our EAFWR Trivia. Stay tuned for more details. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

We will be offering complimentary snack boxes to those who wish to attend! Please register by November 22 in order to receive a snack box.

RSVP to the Virtual Celebration

Share With Us!

As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, we will be highlighting stories and milestones, and sharing photos, interesting facts and moments from the past 40 years and we need your help!

Whether you’re a person or family supported by EAFWR, a former or current Direct Support Person, a community partner, donor or volunteer, we want to know how you first became connected with us and your favourite memories with Extend-A-Family.

Share your messages of congratulations, stories, photos and memories with us using the form below. If you have any questions, please email Avishka at avishka.juta@eafwr.on.ca

Have something you’d like to share with us on social media? Be sure to tag us @EAFWR on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #EAFWR40Years